Mothers united by tragedy following car deaths
THE MOTHERS of four young Leeds men killed in a horror crash in Leeds have become close friends as they support each other following the tragedy.
The four women meet up regularly as fundraising events continue to be held in memory of their sons.
Brandon Frew, 19, Caelan Megson, 21, Matty Walshaw, 18, and Declan Grove, 19, all died when the SEAT Leon they were travelling in was involved in collision with a taxi on the A6120 in Horsforth in the early hours of June 30.
Robyn Hoban, 17, another 17-year-old girl and the taxi driver all survived but suffered serious injuries.
Matty’s mother Jill Walshaw, 53, said: “Me and the three other mums are in regular contact and are supporting each other. We have become great friends.”
Declan’s mother Paula Knight, 48, added: “The support we have had from each other has been overwhelming.
“The camaraderie and the friendship and support that we give each other through these dark days is where we get the strength to carry on for our other children, our family and our own lives which will never be the same again.”
Ms Knight, who has two other children Lauren, 24 and Tyler, 10, added: “The amount of support we have had from the community has been incredible and the police liaison team has been absolutely outstanding.”
She said Declan, known as ‘Decky,’ had played at Farsley Celtic Football Club from the age of six.
A charity football tournament was held on August 19 at Bradford Academy to raise funds for his headstone.
There will be a fundraising evening in memory of Caelan Megson from 7pm on Friday, September 21 at Horsforth Hall Park Cricket Club.
Two singers will perform and there will be a buffet and a raffle at the event to raise cash for a headstone for Caelan.
Memorial fundraising events will be organised in the near future for Matty and Brandon.
Jill Walshaw, who has two other sons Joe, 21 and Andy, 15, said: “Nobody knows what it’s like to lose a child until you have lost a child, especially in these circumstances.” She added: “Matty was a hard-working apprentice builder. He loved his job and had high hopes for the future and his career.
“He was quite sensible and had a great sense of humour, always smiling. He was very focussed on everything he did and was kind and caring.”
Mrs Walshaw said Squire barbers shop owner Sarah McDonnell and her son Nathan will be carrying out a 12-hour non-stop hair cutting event at the shop on Town Street, Horsforth, tomorrow to raise cash for a headstone for Matty.
And Mrs Walshaw has designed a tattoo of a heart containing all four boys’ initials, which she has had tattooed on her left arm.
She said the Station Tattoo Studio on Station Road in Horsforth has agreed to repeat the tattoo for anyone who wants it.
A donation will be made for each tattoo to a charity which helps people who have lost loved ones in road traffic accidents.
Inquests into the men’s four deaths have been opened and adjourned.